Tis the season for the common cold. The annoyance that comes from coughing and sneezing your way through holiday festivities is enough to make anyone want to curl up under a blanket and hibernate. But, this year, why not try some inexpensive natural remedies to alleviate your cold symptoms and get back to the joys of the season?
Years ago, I had a pediatrician recommend buckwheat honey as a natural remedy for coughing. I was amazed at the results and have kept a jar on hand ever since!
* 1 cup Cranberries
* 2 cups water
* Honey to taste
Heat cranberries and water together until cranberry skins open. Strain and add honey to taste. Return to pan and bring mixture close to a boil. Remove from heat and serve.
Onions & Garlic
Raw is best, but use them liberally in all your dishes. They are also considered powerful expectorants when it comes to fighting that nasty cough.
A friend passed the recipe for a mustard plaster on to me when I was fighting a terrible bout with a chest cold. I was skeptical at first, but the results spoke for themselves!
*10 level Tbsp flour
*1 level Tbsp dry mustard
*Enough water to form a paste.
Put a dab of olive oil on your chest area and then spread the paste on top of that. Cover with a towel and go lay down and relax. (I prop myself up on pillows so I can breathe easier.) Leave on for 15 minutes or until skin starts to turn pink (prior to the 15 minute mark – not a minute longer). Rinse with mild soap and water. Repeat up to 2 times per day.
Lavender Oil or Tea Tree Oil
Apply one or the other of these onto your chest at night and breathe easier!
I like to put eucalyptus oil in the top of my vaporizer at night. It also works great in some water on the stove or potpourri pot during the day. You can also buy what is called a room diffuser and plug it in with some eucalyptus oil on the pad that goes inside of it.
These are just a few of my favorite natural remedies, but you can find many more by searching the internet for reputable sources or asking friends what they do to kick the common cold. Here’s to a wonderfully healthy holiday!
Amy of RaisingArrows.net is the homeschooling mother of 6 (soon to be 7) living children and one precious little girl named Emily being held in the Lord’s arms. Her days are filled with giggly girls, rambunctious boys and sticky baby kisses. At night, she writes about it all with the desire to encourage and equip other mothers in the trenches. Follow Amy on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.